Tunis - Tunisian police killed a Salafist Muslim after a
group of assailants attacked a police station in the northeastern town of
Hergla, the interior ministry and media reports said on Friday.
During the incident on Thursday night, police fired tear gas
and warning shots to disperse a group of Salafists seeking to free one of their
number being held there, private radio station Mosaique FM reported.
The 23-year-old was mortally wounded in the clashes, which
continued into Friday morning, and four others were wounded.
The interior ministry said on its official Facebook page
that 150 radical Islamists tried to break in to the police station, throwing
rocks at security forces.
"To start, the police gave them a verbal warning,
before firing tear gas to disperse them. The group persisted, so security
forces were ordered to use live rounds, killing one attacker and wounding four
others," the statement said.
Since the revolution that toppled the regime of Zine el
Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, radical Islamists have launched several attacks on
police stations across Tunisia.
Tunisia is facing a growing number of Islamist groups that
authorities say are responsible for incidents such as the attack on the US
embassy in Tunis in September and opposition politician Chokri Belaid's
assassination in February.